Category Archives: Writing Content in Spanish

Blog articles about writing content in Spanish. Tips about writing website content and writing in Spanish in general.

3 things you can do to get inspiration

No matter if you write in Spanish or in any other language, you probably have suffered some days that your brain is just empty. What could you do to put some ideas on?

  • Check social networks

Put some keywords in your favourite social network and see what you get. The goal is not to copy the fisrt post you see, but to get an idea about where the topic has a lack of information.

When you search on Facebook, Twitter or even in Google, it is common that you get some similar results in the top. Now you know what is there, try to think as a potential reader. What is missing? Answer this question and you have a great idea to write about.

  • Ask your children
3 things to get ideas and start to write
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Have you tried it? Children usually have an opinion about everything, and this opinion is probably a great and original way to start a post about something. In the end, you are a writer, you only need a nice and original point to start and the ideas will come. Let them try to help you.

  • Look at your old texts

One great idea is read again some of your old texts. You usually have a word limit, which means many texts have a central idea that is already developed and some tangential ideas that you could develop in your next post. Besides is an easy way to have an internal link for your site.

Do you have more tips? Share them in the comments!

 

Could you change your text?

Being asked to do changes in the work done is a common freelance problem.

Some freelancers don’t include any revision in the price, so if the client doesn’t like the work done, the client needs to pay more to get the changes he wants.

I believe in offering a high quality work and, if you ask me, within the high quality work is adapting the work to your client tastes. So, in principle I wouldn’t ask more money for reasonable changes.

But there is a limit. Your client has the responsibility to give you clear instructions. Then, after seeing your work it is normal that he suggests minor changes. In the end, he is who better knows his customers.

What is not acceptable is not giving any instruction in the beginning and then ask for changes. You need to decide what is improving your work, then you should it, and what is making you lose time, and you never should lose time.

Most of clients are reasonable people, and it is better to accept son minor changes in order to get them 100% happy. With time you will know them better, and you will need fewer and fewer changes each time.

Proofread a Spanish text: written accents.

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Proofreading a Spanish text is not just focusing the grammar and the spelling. There is another important factor that  you need to take into consideration, which are the written accents.

One of the basic rules to put written accents need you to classify the words into three categories.

Words called “agudas”

In these words the stressed syllable is the last one.

You need to put a written accent in these words when they finish in a vocal, or in “s” or “t”.

For instances: París, Colón, Jesús and Mamá.

Words called “llanas” or “graves”

In these words the stressed syllable is the second-to-last.

You need to put written accent in these words when they finish in a consonant different to “s” or “n”.

For example: Ángel, ábol or fácil.

Words called “esdrújulas” and “sobreesdrújulas”

In these words the stressed syllable is onte previous to the second-to-last.

These words always have written accent.

In the future we will talk about more rules for written accents in Spanish, but from now, try to don’t skip any of the ones commented above.

 

Tips to develop a content calendar

The work of writing content is not just about to write something every day. If you are a writer for a website, you probably need to create a content calendar in which you have to put the topics about you will write in the next post. Sometimes it is hard to imagine all the things that you will write about in the next month, so here I am giving some tips to help you to do it.

  1. Search for the next month in Wikipedia

Searching the name of the next month in Wikipedia you will get a list of the most important events that happens every year in that month. For instance, about march Wikipedia will notify you that it will be St Patrick festival.

This is a great way to be aware of the most important events in your society. It depends on your website and blog subject that you can get advantage of it, but it is easy that you will. Do you sell books? a post about books about St Patrick or Ireland, do you rent cars? a post about renting a car to go to party, etc.

2. Look for events in your city/region for the coming days

You need to be aware about the next concerts, congress, festivals, etc that will be ruling your city’s next month agenda. All these events bring people to your area and this people will look for information in the Internet, so you need to be there to let them know about your business.

3. Look for news in your sector

One of the objectives of having a blog is to become an expert in your clients’ mind about the thing you sell. So check the latest news about your sector and do a post about them. People that arrive at your website looking for that information is interested in your products.

How to do quotes in Spanish academic texts

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One of the most demanded proofreading things is check the references in the text.

In Spanish as in English you need to reference every author from who you take ideas or statements. Most journals have their own rules for referencing, but they are very similar too.

You will likely need to reference the author surname plus the publication data of the work in the text, and then in a final section of the paper you will have to add a reference list in alphabetical order.

In short quoting in Spanish is quite similar to quoting in English, and here the issues usually come because the author don’t know how to quote properly in English either.

Here you can see an example of quoting rules followed by many Spanish journals.

And now, take a look to some

Tips to make quoting easier

  1. Every time you read a book or academic journal that you feel you can use in the future, add it to your reference data base. There are some software to help you with this, but if you don’t want to spend money, just use an Excell.
  2. Every time you quote someone in your text, add the full quotation. Sometimes people just write a little reference, like the surname or the title of the work, and then when the full paper is finished complete all the references. This is, in my opinion, a mistake. It is much better if you create your references in the time you are quoting it, when all the details are still fresh.
  3. Always do the quotation in the same way. This is a need of the academic rules so you must do it anyway, but it also helps you to don’t miss any important section of the quotation. If the editor is before the place of publication in one quotation, all the rest should be in the same order.

I am used to doing academic texts for myself so I can check your reference list or do many other proofreader tasks.

Don’t hesitate to contact me.

How to write an academic work in Spanish (II)

Today’s post comes from this post about the structure of an academic text in Spanish.

This time I will focus in the person in which the text should be written. Should I have to write in first person? Or impersonal? Or what is the same when writing my academic report I need to use YO such as he efectuado or a passive voice like se ha efectuado.

In Spanish academic texts you can use both first person or impersonal. But once you opt for one way you need to keep it all along the text. So you can’t start talking in first person and finish talking impersonal. That is one good reason to hire someone to proofread you Spanish academic text.

It is common to use the plural of the first person, like hemos realizado even when the author of the paper is a single one.

If you want to publish the paper in an academic journal you need to read their requirements. Sometimes they specify if you have to use impersonal or first person. If there is not information about the subject I would suggest to user impersonal way and passive voice because some people would find first person too informal for an academic writing.

However, it depends more on the reader that in a real well-known rule.

How to write an academic work in Spanish (I)

Many foreign students of Spanish need to do university research works for their Spanish class, and it is always hard to find a guide about how to do this kind of academic texts. I will share some tips to those who sometimes need to write an academic text in Spanish.

I don’t want to do a very large article so I will divide the full content into various posts.

Today I will focus in

The structure of an academic text in Spanish

First of all you need an introduction (in Spanish introducción) in which you have to talk about three main things.

The topic of the text or what the text is about.The goal of the text or what is the value added to the reader. The methodology used or how you achieved that value. Also, you can talk about the most important conclusion, though this is not mandatory and maybe you want to keep something to the rest of the text.

After the introducción, you could start with some theory written by experts about your research topic. Don’t forget to add all the references in the text body and in the end of the article. How to quote in Spanish is a long topic, and maybe I will write a post about it in the future.

The theory part cold be called marco teórico, but it is very common that people use more suggestive titles that give an idea about what the text is about.

Once you have shown that you know the previous theory related with your research topic, you have to explain how you developed your research and the results that it gave.

Then you have to write the conclusions, in which you should summarize the new things that your research have add to the world.

Lastly, you need your reference list in alphabetic order. Some authors put the references in the footer if each page, but this is old fashioned and now we are trending to the final list in a full body page.

If you don’t feel comfortable with your text, you always can hire a proofreader.

You need to create the story of your company

There are people looking for copywriters to write about anything and there are people looking for copywriters to write about the story of their business.

story telling as content marketing strategy
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Storytelling is simply considered as one of the intellectual skill. It is something that has to be developed right from the childhood. As we grow in ages, we have to grow other abilities that will make our story telling skill more interesting and yet powerful. Along with the speaking skills, the skill needed for the story telling is making the audience get involved in the story telling. Even if people is not listening the story telling in person, they should get evoked into the story just while reading the story or even just watching it. They should build their involvement into the action of story and get impressed in such a way that they feel to share with the other people like colleagues, friends and neighbours.

Storytelling in the modern world has a broad scope and view.  There is a style in story telling called Contemporary storytelling that uses addressing mainly at the educational needs. Recent forms of the media are just creating new methods for the people in recording, expressing, and even consuming the stories. The specific Tools used for communicating with in the asynchronous group can actually provide room for the individuals in reframing or even recasting the different stories into group. Platforms like games and other digital ways which are used in the area like factious or storytelling, are actually used in positioning the people as a character within the same world. Subjects like documentaries that include interactive ones that employ techniques like storytelling narrative in communicating information on the same topic.

So if it work for all these area, why do you think it won’t for your business? Life is a circle. Most of the time what you see working in anything else will work in your business too. You only need to do the effort to adapt the working thing to the characteristics of your goals.

Every company should have its own story. It is not about talk saying nothing, but talk giving your customers the information they are looking for in the wide internet. By doing so, you will reach the difficult goal of being into your clients mind. And there will be a day when they need something that you provide, that they even won’t need to make a decision, they will have done the decision to ask you to help them time ago, when they was looking for other information in internet, when they entered the first time in your website.